Deep House Sounds Returns

With house music at an unprecedented apex in South Africa (look no further than the 23 000+ turnout at the recent Vodacom Unlimited Festival for proof), there’s no better time for the pioneering compilation line Deep House Sounds to return. An essential purchase, it’ll be available in all major music outlets from 18 April.

For almost a decade, the essential series – which is helmed by the country’s most knowledgeable groove guru Vinny Da Vinci – has been charting the deepest currents in the global house scene, rounding up the most vital rhythms causing dancefloor vibrations down south.

Like its predecessors, the eighth volume of House Afrika: Deep House Sounds is a critical mix; a timely reminder of what a cutting-edge deep dance landscape SA has. The mix achieves this by coupling international tracks from some of the scene’s leading names (many of whom have visas for these shores) with contributions from high profile local names.

Vinny kick-starts this journey into sound with the sweetly sweeping vocals of Priss, backed up with crucial kick drums from the combined talents of Boddhi Satva and Martin “AtJazz” Iveson, both highly-regarded producer/DJs who’ve recently visited SA. To catch a little piece of house music heaven, watch AtJazz’s sublime Hit Refresh set from March 2011 here. Abicah Soul is also responsible for remixing the second cut on the disc from TL Cross, while AtJazz returns later in the mix with his reworking of Warm Days featuring Swindle and Natalie Maddix.

Other recent and regular tourists to these shores featured in Vinny’s latest venture include Frenchmen Rocco and Manoo, who collaborate in the “Insomnia”-inducing supergroup, Rodamaal. The latter remixes the hottest lady in house music right now, Maya Jane Coles, while the former is on remix duty for South Africa’s Mr. Cee from Blackwhole (of “1000 Seconds” fame).

This is just one of the instances on DHS 8 where sizzling South African talent meets the leading edge of overseas underground house. Demonstrating what a cauldron this country has become for the firing off of international floor-fillers, hotly-tipped local singer Brian Temba appears on a cut from another recent visitor, Simbad (appropriately titled “Come Join In”), whilst Black Coffee (a local name that’s on the lips of just about every house connoisseur on the planet right now) remixes Richard Earnshaw featuring Imogen Ryall’s “Cry Me A River”.

Earnshaw is also behind one of the biggest tracks amongst a pretty large haul, Spiritchaser’s “These Tears”, which is bound to be one of the collection’s strongest selling points (it was actually used as the official theme tune for the Vodacom Unlimited Festival).

This is not to downplay the unmissable nature of nuggets from underground legends like France’s Aqua Bassino; Germany’s Rainer Truby aka Motor City Drum Ensemble (who remix Eddy Meets Yannah); Russ Gabriel, who refits another future classic from Iz & Diz; and prolific vocalist Arnold Jarvis, appearing alongside Yass.

These rhythms have all been road-tested by Vinny across the country – with bombshell results – and they’re sequenced into an indispensable, danceable document that perfectly sums up the current state of South Africa’s house scene.

Video: Vinny and his partner in the legendary DJs At Work duo, Christos, chat about their current and all-time favourite tracks ahead of the Vodacom Unlimited Festival.